Q: How do I apply to LRCE Teach?
Q: Does my Bachelor’s degree have to be in education or in the subject area in which I seek certification?
No. Your degree from an accredited college or university may be in any subject area. You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, as established by the Louisiana Department of Education.
Q: If I do not earn my degree until May, can I still apply to the program for Summer Institute?
Yes, an application may be submitted, but a sealed, official transcript reflecting current cumulative GPA and enrolled courses must be provided in order to be considered for the interview process. Upon graduation, a final sealed, official transcript reflecting degree earned must be provided to maintain acceptance to the program.
Q: What areas of certification are offered?
- Early Childhood Education (grades PreK-3)
- Elementary (grades 1-5)
- Special Education: Mild/Moderate (grades 1-5, grades 4-8, or grades 6-12)*
- Middle School science (grades 4-8)
- Middle School mathematics (grades 4-8)
- Middle School English (grades 4-8)
- Middle School social studies (grades 4-8)
- Science (grades 6-12): Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or General Science
- Mathematics (grades 6-12)
- English (grades 6-12)
- Social Studies (grades 6-12)
- French or Spanish (grades K-12)
* Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) requires special education (SPED) practitioners to enroll and complete dual certification in SPED and a regular-education content area of equivalent grade level.
Q: Is my certification valid for the entire state of Louisiana?
Yes, the Practitioner License granted while enrolled in the program is applicable to any public, charter, or state-approved private school in the state of Louisiana. Upon completion of program requirements, the Level 1 certificate is also valid for applicable teaching positions at any school in the state of Louisiana.
Q: Can I apply to the program if I haven’t taken the PRAXIS I and II?
Yes, you can apply to the program if you have not taken the PRAXIS I and II; however, passing scores for these exams must be received by the LRCE Teach! office by the established PRAXIS deadline in order for you to be eligible to participate in the program. Praxis scores will be matched to your application upon receipt. Applicants with passing PRAXIS scores are given priority when interview slots are offered. Please review our online PRAXIS requirements and PRAXIS schedule.
Q: Will I be able to teach after completion of the Institute?
Yes, successful completion of the Institute courses and field experience allow eligibility for program participants to acquire a Practitioner License to begin teaching at the start of the next academic semester. The LDOE requires that a teaching position be secured in order to be eligible for a practitioner license.
Q: What is a Level 1 certificate?
In Louisiana, a Level 1 certificate is earned after completion of all program and Louisiana Department of Education requirements for such. The Level 1 certificate is valid for a three-year period, and it must be renewed directly through the LDOE.
Q: How long will it take until I am certified?
Most program participants complete all program requirements, including the full school year of practitioner teaching, in approximately 12 months. All program participants must complete all program requirements within 36 months after entry into the LRCE Teach! program.
Q: Could you explain the process to obtain dual-certification for special education and a regular education content area?
Per Louisiana Department of Education requirements, any program participant interested in obtaining special education certification must enter and complete the program for dual certification in both special education (Mild-to-Moderate) and a regular education area. The PRAXIS II content exam needed to apply to and enter the program is that of the participant’s regular education certification area. The 180 days of teaching must include a role as a special education Teacher-of-Record for students with IEPs (Individual Education Plan).
Q: Which Praxis exam do I need for my chosen area of certification?
All program applicants must have passing PRAXIS I exams (math, reading and writing) unless one of the exemption qualifications is met. The Louisiana Department of Education offers no exemption options from the PRAXIS II content exam requirement. Click here for PRAXIS Requirements and PRAXIS schedule.
Q: Can anyone be exempted from taking the PRAXIS exams?
The Louisiana Department of Education will grant an exemption from the PRAXIS I exam series (mathematics, reading and writing) if a program candidate meets one of the following criteria: (1) Master’s degree, (2) ACT composite score of 22 or higher, or (3) SAT combined verbal and math score of 1030 or higher. An official, sealed college transcript or original ACT or SAT score report is required as proof of exemption.
Q: How do I prepare for the Praxis exams? Does LRCE offer preparatory courses?
The ETS website provides downloadable “Test-at-a-Glance” documents for each exam utilized by the Louisiana Department of Education and also offers study guides for purchase. Because of the number of PRAXIS exams, and the frequent changes to the exams, LRCE does not provide preparatory courses. View a video explaining the PRAXIS process, including how to prepare.
Q: Where can I register for the Praxis exams? What are the required passing scores for Louisiana?
Q: What if I don’t pass PRAXIS I and II?
You must pass PRAXIS I and II to participate in the program. Per LDOE requirements, persons without passing PRAXIS and PRAXIS II content exam(s) are not eligible for a Practitioner License; therefore, program entry requires passing scores. Please review the ETS web site for PRAXIS Codes.
Q: What is the total cost of the program? Is all of the tuition due at once?
Current tuition for LRCE Teach! is $4,500 ($3,000 for the Special Education Add-On Program…that’s different entirely). A $2,250 minimum payment is required at the Acceptance Meeting (prior to beginning Institute). The remaining $2,250 is not payable until a teaching position is secured, and a payment plan of $250 per month for 9 months is offered. (Automatic draft from banking account is required to use the payment plan.)
Q: Are there any scholarships or financial aid available?
No, because we are a private provider, there is no financial aid available through LRCE. However, many program participants secure funding on an individual basis to assist in tuition payment.
Q: Is LRCE Teach! for college credit?
No, LRCE Teach! is not for college credit. LRCE is a fast-track, private teacher certification program provider.
Q: Is all training held in Baton Rouge?
The Institute encompasses approximately 15 days at our training facility in Baton Rouge. The nine required Saturday Seminars are also conducted at our Baton Rouge facility. Field experience days may be completed at a school site that is geographically convenient to the program participants.
Q: Can this be done online?
Development of online coursework is currently in progress. As the format for this option becomes available, updates for future “blended” coursework will be posted on our website.
Q: Does LRCE place me in a teaching position after I have completed the Institute?
LRCE practitioners are able to teach in any state-approved public, private or charter school. LRCE holds a job fair specifically designed for the cohort participants. In addition, LRCE Teach! receives notifications of teaching position openings from districts and schools, and these notifications are passed along to program participants who are seeking a teaching position.
Q: What is a practitioner’s license?
A Practitioner License (PL) allows a program participant to teach as a highly-qualified, fully-salaried employee in any state-approved public, private or charter school. All practitioner licenses issued by the LDOE are “temporary” and expire on June 30 each year. Program participants are allowed a maximum of three practitioner licenses (equivalent of three school years) by the LDOE in order to complete all program requirements. Upon completion of all program requirements, program participants will be granted a Level 1 certificate in lieu of a “temporary” Practitioner License.
Q: What if I drop the program? Can I continue later?
If a candidate withdraws from the Practitioner Teacher Program, the Practitioner Teacher license is no longer valid. A Practitioner Teacher must remain enrolled in the program and fulfill all coursework, teaching assignments, and prescribed activities as identified by the program provider. All program requirements must be completed within a three-year period of entering the program.